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Sweet and Sour Fish Recipe

Are you getting tired of the same old sweet and sour chicken or pork? If so you might want to give this recipe for sweet and sour fish a try. Sweet and sour fish is breaded fish in a delicious sweet and sour sauce with an assortment of fruits and vegetables. You can basically use any kind of white fish for this recipe such as tilapia, halibut, bass, cod, etc. It is always good to try and find nice meaty fillets if possible. I would recommend frying the fish in a deep fryer because in my opinion they just come out better than pan frying. However, if you do not have a deep fryer, feel free to give it a try in the work. The fruits and vegetables going into this dish include pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. If you are in a rush and would prefer to use store bought sweet and sour sauce that would work as well. Serve on top of white rice. Enjoy.

(Makes 6 Servings)

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Sweet and Sour Fish Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 2lbs tilapia, cod, halibut or any other white fish (cut into 1” chunks)
  • 1 large green pepper (cut into 1” chunks)
  • 1 large tomato (cut into 1” chunks)
  • 1 large onion (cut into 1” chunks)
  • 1 can pineapple chunks (with juice)
  • Oil (for deep frying)
  • Breading-
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups of water
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce-
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A ¼ cup of orange juice
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Toss fish with cornstarch in a bowl and coat well. In another bowl whisk together flour, 6 tablespoons of oil, baking powder, seasoning salt, and cayenne pepper.
  2. A little at a time, add 2 cups of water whisking until the batter has become smooth.
  3. Pour batter over the coated fish pieces and stir to coat.
    In a deep frying fry fish pieces in batches for 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and keep warm in the oven.
  4. In a wok heat a tiny bit of oil. Stir fry green pepper and onions for 3 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  5. To make a sweet and sour sauce – In the wok mix vinegar, sugar, salt, orange juice, pineapple juice, and ketchup.
  6. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in 1/8 cup of juice, pour into the sauce and stir until sauce has thickened.
  7. Add tomatoes and pineapple chunks to the sauce and heat.
  8.  In a large serving dish mix fish pieces, sauce and green pepper and onions. Serve with white rice.


  1. Ivy says:

    I never get tired of sweet and sour but never thought of making fish. I am trying to imagine how it would taste. It sounds delicious.

  2. maryann says:

    This looks so delicious! I’d like to invite you to bring it to our 7 fishes Christmas Eve feast to win a basket of authentic Italian goodies!!
    Maryann xox

  3. Krista says:

    I have been a long time lurker on your site and copying and pasting your recipes to try at home and so far I have not missed with a single one! You have great (and quite tasty I might add) ideas and make it very easy to follow.

    Sweet and sour fish?! Brilliant! I love citrus flavors with my fish and this, I’m sure, will be out of the ballpark.

    Thanks for another one to add to my homemade cookbook!

  4. diva says:

    no one ever tires of sweet and sour 🙂 anyway sweet and sour fish was like my favourite dish as a teen. it got pretty obsessive!

    this dish looks fab, as usual 🙂 x

  5. Bobby says:

    gaga – thank you, it was delicious.

    Ivy – although, I prefer chicken this has a good taste.

    Mylastbite – Thanks!

    tigerfish – with rice is the only way to go!

    HoneyB – Thanks 🙂

    Russell – I had actually never heard of it either until a few months ago.

    maryann – Thanks, I will be sure to check that out.

    Krista – I’m glad you like my blog and recipes.. Thank you for the compliments.

    diva – Thanks, sweet and sour fish is awesome!

  6. jennifer says:

    I had a couple good friends coming over for dinner tonight, and we were been a really great fans for thai food before and this in special is been my favorite dish …i never thought I was going to be able to make it and specially to be so easy!!! …We haighly recomended everybody was so pleased!!!
    thank you so much i had a great time tonight sharing this recipe with my friends ….

  7. Ginger Beer says:

    Thank you for that recipe. My man loves Sweet and Sour fish and I have been looking for this recipe . Yours is easy to follow and I am looking forward to surprising him with this.


  8. PcolaMom says:

    Back in the Philippines, there is a restaurant near our place that serves sweet and sour fish and it’s oh so good!!! They use tilapia fish.

  9. !♥anonymous♥ says:

    hope it must taste good, I will try to cook it for our celebration, this coming july 11

  10. charnel says:

    That’s a good thing to too….
    I’m going to make my husband the luckiest man on earth for he loves fish….
    with the sweet and sour sauce will make his day just fine..
    thank you!!!

  11. Paul says:

    WOW i just made the above recipe with fish and made a few changes to make it gluten free its so easy and taste amazing! YUM YUM YUM!

  12. nursella says:

    Thanks for this wonderful sweet and sour fish recipe. It makes my mouth watered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.Will have to try it


  13. malu says:

    thanks! ur blog is very helpful for i am just start learning to cook… starting with my fav dishes and this is one of my top lists…

  14. shereen says:

    I just tried this recipe it’s just OUTSTANDING…
    so tasty ….eating this is just make me feel like sitting in 5stars chinese restaurant….
    The only note is the amount of water in the frying batter I didn’t use the 2cups I just used 11/4c. more than that the batter will be so thin ….
    Thanks for posting this recipe looking forward to try all your other recipes it also looks suuuuuuper yummy….

  15. indiiii says:

    wow that was some really delicious stuff right there …, than you very much for it now im so addicted to it hahahahah :p

  16. Bobby says:

    Susana – Yes, I do not see why you wouldn’t be able to. I think this breading would work for fish and chips. If you do try it, please let everyone know how it turns out. Thanks.

  17. myrna peneda says:

    love eating fish that tastes like a real meat and sweet and sour fish is the best alternative. its so appetizing yet minimal fats and calories….Happy eating…………

  18. Shelly says:

    Made this a few months ago and it was absolutely delicious. Halved the recipe but kept the same quantities for the sauce as i like plenty of sauce. It was so tasty, just like from a takeaway or restaurant. Making it again tonight but not deep frying the fish this time. Trying to be a bit healthier this week but it is amazing, mmmm!

  19. Candy says:

    this is sooooo good, love it make it often. only difference is i dont mix the fish with the sauce i pile it with rice on the plate then pour the sauce and veg over the top. that way you get a bit of the cruch from the batter still and it slowly gets mixed on the plate as you eat it. ooooh so yummy making it again now. thanx for the recipe.

  20. Maria McGregor says:

    I tried the recipe a few weeks ago and it was great. I have been wondering how to make the batter look “fluffy” and this was “it”. My family loved it. I have made this twice already. I even used the batter recipe if we are just having fish and chips. Looks like take away, only tastes better.

  21. Human says:

    I tried, but i failed. It turn out to be thick gel and hard. and Mind telling me which specfic orange and pineapple juice to use?

  22. Bobby says:

    Sorry, I do not remember what brand of orange juice or pineapple juice I used in this recipe. It sounds to me like if you got a thick gel, you used too much cornstarch.

  23. Nuzhat says:

    I’ve tried almost all the Chinese recipes from Chef blog and I must say these are the best recipes.
    Especially orange chicken and sweet&sour fish ,also fried rice and beef with broccoli.
    Thanks for all the great recipes.

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